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The Moral Imagination of the Novel: A Conference

  • Riverside Church 490 Riverside Drive New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Columbia University

Riverside Church, Room 9T

Begins October 4th at 10:00am and concludes October 5th at 6:00pm

Columbia University’s Department of Philosophy, the Morningside Institute, and the Thomistic Institute are pleased to present “The Moral Imagination of the Novel.” The conference will examine the ways in which individual novels and the novel as a literary genre can be understood both to depict the search for moral, philosophical, and religious truth and to engage in this very search themselves. Is the novel a realistic or idealistic genre? Can novels expand our sense of moral possibilities? Can they contract them?

The program includes lectures by Paul Elie (Georgetown), Lauren Kopajtic (Fordham), Dhananjay Jagannathan (Columbia), Sr. Ann Astell ( Notre Dame), and Thomas Pavel (Chicago).

This event is free and open to the public.


Friday, October 4

1:00 PM Two graduate student papers (TBD)

2:20 PM Two graduate student papers (TBD)

5:00 PM Paul Elie (Georgetown)

6:30 PM Reception

Saturday, October 5

9:30 AM Breakfast

10:00 AM Lauren Kopajtic (Fordham)

11:15 AM Break

11:30 AM Dhananjay Jagannathan (Columbia)

12:45 PM Break

2:15 PM Ann Astell (University of Notre Dame)

3:30 PM Break

3:45 PM Thomas Pavel (Chicago)

5:00 PM Break

5:15 PM Roundtable Discussion

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